Extremely disappointed over his team’s second consecutive meek surrender in front of the Indians, Australian skipper Michael Clarke has said that this kind of batting performance is totally ‘unacceptable’. He also chided his batting colleague for not taking
After facing an embarrassing loss in the first game, the Aussies were expected to fight back. But things did not work, as the side scored less than 250 in the first innings of the second Test.
Clarke was the only batsman who showed some fight. Excluding his century, the Kangaroos did nothing special with the bat. On the other hand, the Men in Blue put up a massive total in the first innings, thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s double century.
Australia’s misery continued, as the entire side collapsed on 131 in the second innings. As a result, the visiting side suffered a huge defeat by an innings and 135 runs. India have gone 2-0 up, with Australia now only hoping of squaring the series by winning
the next two games.
"India deserve a lot of credit," says Michael Clarke. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game. There is no doubt we have a lot of work to do. In all facets of the game. There will certainly be no stone left unturned.”
“The batsmen haven’t put enough runs on, and there is no excuse for that. There will be no break between the Test matches. There will be a lot of hard work, I can assure you. You don’t get better sitting on the couch. We have had guys
get in and out without making big scores. That’s unacceptable."
"It was important to get off to a good start," says
MS Dhoni. "Bhuvneshwar provided that. You don’tsee fast bowlers getting too many in these conditions. We often talk about long partnerships. If you get 40-50, you have to score big. That’s what Pujara and Vijay did. That resulted in a massive partnership,
which gave us the freedom to accelerate yesterday."
“It was important to start today’s play really well, and Ishant gave us the important breakthrough. I think I have got a very good side. Yes we have gone through a period we haven’t won many games. Credit goes to the team and the support
staff. And winning most matches as captain is a collective effort, and credit goes to each and everyone."
"Really happy about it," says Cheteshwar Pujara, the Man of the Match. "There was a bit of pressure on me. I just got married, and my wife was worried I should perform. We knew that the new ball would do a bit. The plan was to not lose any
wickets in that first session.”
“My natural game to play that fast. Scoring those many runs in domestic runs has given me the experience to help me keep the tempo. It was a very important partnership with Vijay, our communication was good and it set the platform."